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Eire Travel Permits (Members Of Parliament)

Volume 395: debated on Thursday 2 December 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the increased accommodation now provided for the transport of labourers between this country and Eire, merely on leave certificates, he still insists on an examination into the reasons why a Member of Parliament wishes to visit Eire before he will issue a permit for him to do so?

I presume my hon. Friend refers to the re-opening of a service to Eire from Fishguard. This is available to the general public, and not merely to those Irish workers temporarily in this country who obtain leave certificates, in lieu of exit permits, when visiting their homes in Ireland. All such persons would qualify for exit permits. I cannot see that this addition to the steamer service to Ireland has any bearing on the last part of my hon. Friend's Question.